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Things to do: April


Yvonne Arnaud Film Season
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tues 3 – Sat 7 April

The Theatre swaps stage for screen to present a Film Season of BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning films, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour.

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
■ Hampton Court Palace ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Photos courtesy Lindt

This Easter egg hunt is a cut above the average as it takes place in the beautiful home and gardens of Henry VIII. Once you’ve discovered and found the Lindt Gold Bunny figures, you will be treated to a delicious Lindt chocolate treat. An assortment of Easter themed activities will be going on at the palace, such as an opportunity to meet princess Caroline and finding out what her favourite sweet is and how it’s made. There will also be royal chocolate tasting and a chance to decorate your very own chocolate cup.

Easter fun at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Godstone farm is oozing with Easter fun! There’s lots going on, including arts and crafts, Storytime and a quiz and nature trail. With lots of chicks, ducklings and baby goats, Godstone farm is the perfect place to get into the Easter spirit.

Clay Chicks and Rabbits
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ Tue 3 Apr – Sun 8 Apr

Chickens can’t be chicks forever…but clay ones can. Children aged 8- 12 years old can create their very own chick or rabbit out of clay, to take home. Session times: 10.30 am- 12.30pm or 2-4pm. Cost: £9.50.

Elephantastic Easter Activities
■ The Living Planet Centre, Woking ■ Tue 3 April & Thurs 5 Apr & Tue 10 Apr & Thurs 12 Apr

The Living Planet Centre has plenty of exciting activities to keep the little ones busy and have the opportunity to stand out from the herd. Sessions running will include: Storytelling with Cindylou (Tue 3 April), creating elephant masks (Thurs 5th April), making clay elephants (Tue 10th April) and Colourful painting (Thurs 12th April). Get involved in their Easter Easter egg hunt and crack the puzzles to claim your chocolate egg!

Ministry of Sound
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 6 Apr

Fancy a night out where you don’t have to trek to London? Ministry of Sound is coming to surrey’s doorstep and will be bringing the best house, big beat and trance tracks to Guildford. Music will be from The Annual 2018, an annually published compilation album by electronic music brand- Ministry of Sound. Early bird tickets: £12.00.

Guildford Gag House Comedy Club
■ The Stoke, Guildford ■ Fri 6 April

Ola, resident MC Abi Roberts, Mike Cox (pictured) and Matt Stellingwerf will be serving up the laughs at The Stoke Pubthis month. The comedy gets started at 8pm, tickets are £13.50.

When a knight won his Spurs at Bourne hall
■ Bourne hall Museum, Epsom ■ Sat 7 April

At Bourne hall the kids will be transported back in time where history is bought to life as they follow the life of a young knight as he is dressed and armed for combat ready for his first tournament. Cheer him on as he takes on other knights for his lady’s favour and his honour. Sounds rather exciting! Tickets: £5. Time: 1- 2.30pm.

Birds of Prey
■ RHS Garden Wisely, Woking ■ Sat 7 Apr & Sun 8 Apr

Get up close and personal with the birds of prey at Wisley Gardens where these enchanting creatures will be putting on a display. Time: 11am & 2pm. Free with normal garden admission.

Bee keeping demonstration
■ Albury Organic Vineyard ■ Sun 8 Apr

If you’re looking for a unique experience to brighten up your Spring, look no further, I think we’ve found just the thing. It involves getting an insight into the lives of the busy creatures that create our tasty honey! Learn about equipment and tools used by bee-keepers and get a glimpse inside one of the Albury hives. After being suited up as a bee-keeper you’ll get to handle the frames and get a close-up view. Afterwards enjoy a question and answer session with a glass of their Classic Cuvée in hand. You’ll also get to go home with a jar of Albury Honey. Ticket: £35.00.


Jess Robinson: Here come the Girls
■ Camberley Theatre ■Wed 11 Apr

Jess Robinson will be coming to Camberley Theatre with her celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. The multi award winner and Britain’s got Talent 2017 semi- finalist will serve up a concoction of different styles and genres from Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé. Ticket: £19.

Cocktail Night
■ Albury Vineyard ■ Fri 13 Apr


Get a group of friends together and celebrate the end of the week with a hand- crafted cocktail featuring Albury Estate sparkling wines and their new spirit, Attila’s Bite. Learn how the cocktails are made and find out about the English wine scene from the vineyard staff. Tickets: £10 (includes a cocktail or a glass of bubbly on arrival.)

Much Ado About Nothing
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Fri 13 Apr- Sun 6 May 

Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins in rehearsals for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre.
Photo by Mark Douet

This revival of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, stars actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. This production uses Shakespeare’s language in a sharp contemporary setting of a spa hotel that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy, but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Godalming Wedding Fair
■ The Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Godalming ■ Sun 15 Apr

Photography by Caroline Stocking

Godalming’s first Wedding Fair is coming to town. Thirty local suppliers will be showcasing everything you need for the perfect wedding, including: venues, photographers, bridal wear, entertainment, florists and beauticians. There will also be a fashion show, displaying a selection of beautiful gowns. Time: 10am- 4pm. Tickets: £2.50.

■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 10 Apr – Sat 14 Apr

From the pen of one of the world’s greatest thriller writers (Ruth Rendell), a fantastic story is bought to life on stage. The story is about little Joe after he has been snatched from the path of a London tube train by Sandor. Sandor makes it clear that he saved Joe’s life and thus his life belongs to him now. When Sandor begins to tell Joe a fairy tale, Joe learns that he is a ‘gallowglass’ the servant of a chief…Tickets from: £21.

Mad Hatters Tea Party
■ The Talbot Hotel, Ripley ■ Sat 21 April

Head down the rabbit hole for an afternoon tea like no other – and it’s also National Tea Day, so why not. Arrive at 2pm for bubbles, to sit down at 2.30pm for cake and all things scrummy. £35 per person. Booking essential.

Picasso: Paper & Clay
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 24 Jun

Face (1960), Pablo Picasso. Image courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museums © Succession Picasso DACS, London 2018

The exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay will showcase work spanning almost seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s career, demonstrating his sense of liberation and experimentation across mediums and focusing on two areas of his creativity with works produced on paper and in ceramic.

Taken at Midnight
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 11 Apr- Sat 14 Apr

Set in 1931 Berlin, Mark Hayhurst’s play is about the life of a young lawyer Hans Litten, when he calls Hitler as a witness. As Litten disappears into the Nazi system, after Hitler has him arrested, his mother fights for the release of her son. This riveting drama explores the heroic battle of the weak against the powerful, truth against lies and mothers against murderers. Tickets: £15.

The Amazing Bubbleman
■ G live, Guildford ■ Thurs 12 Apr

Want to be amazed? Combining comedy and audience participation and spellbinding bubble tricks The Amazing Bubbleman will blow all ages away. From square bubbles, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, you’ll be bubbling with delight. Tickets: £17.50. Under 14s: £14.50

The Kite Runner
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Mon 16 Apr- Sat 21 Apr

After an outstanding West End run international bestselling novel The Kite Runner returns to stage in Guildford. This haunting tale of friendship follows one man’s journey to control his past and find redemption. Excitement fills Kabul on the beautiful afternoon of the kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever. Tickets from: £23.00- £34.50.

Godalming Gag House Comedy Club
■ Cafe Mila Angel Court, High St, Godalming ■ Fri 17 April


The Gag House Comedy Club has it’s monthly comedy night in Godalming with John Robertson, MC Tom Toal, Alistair Williams and Michael Odewale (pictured). Tickets: £13.50. You can also have dinner beforehand, which will be served from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Dinner included ticket: £24.

The Mystery of Dumsey Meadow
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 19 Apr- Sat 21 Apr

This musical ‘who-dunnit?’  promises to entertain mystery lovers of any age. In 1930’s English countryside, the school children find themselves caught up in a curious mystery when they go on a camping trip to Dumsey Meadow. They try to find out some puzzling questions: Why do the cows and sheep appear to be laughing? Why did the Dumsey apple harvest fail for the first time in 300 years and who is the scary old woman with the horrible cackle? Tickets: £13.

The Lightbox Literary Festival 
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Fri 20 – Sun 29 Apr 

Alison Weir

The Lightbox Literary Festival returns with an extended line-up of events including talks and workshops. Opening the festival is Alastair Sooke, art critic and BBC broadcaster, who will be joined by Lee Miller’s son, Antony Penrose for a talk – The Boy Who Bit Picasso (20 Apr, 7pm) – which will look at Penrose’s extraordinary friendship with Picasso. Closing the festival is historical fiction author Alison Weir, who will dalk about the net in her Six Tudor Queens series, Jane Seymour: the Haunted Queen (29 Apr, 7pm). Other guests include Tim Weaver, Ami Bouhassane, Franny Moyle and Melanie Whipman, among others.

Loseley Park Garden Show
■ Loseley Park, Guildford ■ Sat 21 Apr – Mon 23 Apr

Loseley Park – Shoot 02 (28th April 2014)

For the sixth year, The Garden show returns to Loseley Park. There will be a vast range of exhibitors to enhance your home and garden. In addition, there will be food stalls and a chance to preview their spectacular Spring bedding displays before they open for the season. Adult: £3.50. Under 16: Free.

Talk: Fashion and Freedom- women’s emancipation and dress
■ Museum of Farnham ■ Thurs 26 Apr

The keeper of Costume at Chertsey Museum will take you on a walk through the story of women’s emancipation and its connection to the history of dress. Starting in the 1840s and taking in the Suffragettes along the way, the talk will end with the fight for women’s lib and 1980s power dressing. Time: 7.30pm- 8.30pm. Free entry.

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break?

The High Octane Club Burlesque and Cabaret
■ The Electric Theatre, Guildford ■ Sat 28 April

Join Chastity Belt, Felicity Furore, Dave the Bear, Kiki Lovechild and Ruby Deshabille for a sassy night of burlesque, comedy and music. Strictly to be enjoyed by over 18s only. Tickets are £18.

The Crucible
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thurs 26 Apr- Sat 28 Apr

The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Fearing retribution, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate around her. Tickets: £13.

The Spring Exhibition of Arts 2018
■ Tadworth Court Mansion ■ Fri 27 Apr – Sun 29 Apr

Tadworth Court will house a temporary exhibition and sale organised by The Friends Of The Children’s Trust, to raise money for the children at The Children’s Trust. There will be over 450 exhibits available to purchase, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. Entry is free.

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ until Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults.


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
■ V&A, London ■ until 17 Jun

v and a museum ocean liners exhibit empress of Britain poster white ship

These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
National Portrait Gallery, London ■  until 20 May

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.



Compiled by Alice Ridsdale


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2 comments on “Things to do: April”

  • Sandra Buckland April 5, 2018

    I look forward to reading muddystiettos , the information is varied and written with humour and honesty. I would however like to ask a favour ,can you visit the Miller Centre in Caterham where each month a superb production is put on by a team of very talented ,enthusiastic actors. Their next production is One man two guvnors , running between the 19and 28th April. As well as the theatre group the centre runs a variety of clubs and holds an art exhibition each month. I think you will be pleasantly surprised on what is available on this side of Surrey.
    Thank you Sndra

    • amberevans April 9, 2018

      Hi Sandra
      Thanks for the tip. I’ll check it out. XX


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